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The Gertrude Cup 2017 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club - Overall

by Louay Habib 27 Jul 2017 13:06 BST 22-26 July 2017

James Badenach's team representing the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, has won the fourth edition of the Gertrude Cup, after holding off a strong challenge from the USA Youth Team, led by Connor Needham. Bruce Huber's team, representing the Royal Yacht Squadron, recovered from a show-stopping collision on the second day, to claim third. Two youth teams tied on points for fourth, with the Grieg City Academy YC, led by Montel Fagan-Jordan, winning on countback, from the Royal London Yacht Club Youth Team, led by Ted Blowers.

Two races were held on the final day of the Gertrude Cup, taking the series tally to thirteen. Pewter skies with rain and sea fog, reduced visibility and air temperature, but did not dent the enthusiasm of the eleven international teams. A south-westerly gradient breeze built during the day, peaking at 20 knots, with the wind oscillating 20 degrees, producing a shifty race course in the Central Solent. Once again, the Royal Thames Race Management Team, led by PRO Phil Lawerence, produced windward leeward courses with slide rule precision, taking into account a strong tidal flow. Two teams shared top performance of the day. Bill Steele's team representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and Rob Tyrwhitt-Drake's team, representing the Royal Ocean Racing Club, both scored podium results.

The Gertrude Cup is a fantastic event, because you have to get a new boat every day and set it up" commented James Badenach. "This takes a lot of effort by the organisers and we really appreciate everyone that has been involved. I would recommend this regatta to everyone. I would also like to thank my crew, and also Connor (Needham) and his team. It was a great battle, and they threw everything at it, which produced really good and enjoyable racing."

"Fantastic close racing at a fabulous regatta," enthused Cowes Etchells Fleet Class Captain, David Franks. "We hope that all of the competitors will be back next year. Special thanks to the support given by Jan Muysken, Bill Steele, and David Anastasi, who have competed in every edition of the Gertrude Cup. I would also thank the owners of the Etchells that have put their boats into the regatta, and Graham Sunderland, Darren Smith, and Kevin Downer, who have provided fantastic support, on and off the water, with Lizzie Fiddaman and Georgina Muncaster from the Royal Thames Yacht Club. The Cowes Etchells Fleet has a very active youth programme, over 300 young sailors have sailed Etchells with us, and it is so pleasing to see four youth teams at the Gertrude Cup, and we hope to build on that."

A prizegiving ceremony was held in Cowes Yacht Haven. James Badenach was presented with the Gertrude Cup. Connor Needham's USA Youth Team was the winner of the Olin Stephens Trophy, donated by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, for the best youth team. This trophy will be competed for as a special youth prize each year, and Miami will be the next host of the challenge, in March 2018. Two British teams will be chosen for the trip.

Whilst the winners rightly received great appreciation from their rivals, there were three rowdy cheers for the Grieg City Academy YC, which showed exceptional talent for a team that has little experience in sailing, from three pupils who are just 17 years old; Montel Fagan-Jordan, Camillo Orobio, and Shabazz Patterson.

The fifth edition of The Gertrude Cup will commence on July 28th 2018, teams wishing to participate should contact the Cowes Etchells Fleet.

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelm / CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13Pts
1  GBR 19Royal Hong Kong YCJames Badenach / Martin Wrigley / Christian Thompson / James Peters/Anna Carpenter122211126193DSQ22
2  USA 10USA Youth TeamConnor Needham / Jimmy Kennedy / Hannah Polster / Brooks Daley213352381357432
3  GBR 03Royal Yacht SquadronBruce Huber / Edmund Peel / Angus Hemmings33RDG1895156811548
4  GBR 16Grieg City Academy YCMatt Reid / Montel Fagan‑Jordan / Camillo Orobio / Shabazz Patterson79163784210104960
5  GBR 20Royal London Yacht ClubTed Blowers / Oli Aldridge / Will Birch‑Tomlinson / Will Bedford5747439104469760
6  AUS 14Royal Perth Yacht ClubBill Steele / David Bedford / James Anderson4885751139826662
7  GBR 12Royal Ocean Racing ClubRob Tyrwhitt‑Drake / Roger Reynolds / Mark MansfieldDSQ4RETRETRET42610948273
8  MLA 15Royal Malta Yacht Club David Anastasi / Maya Podesta / Christoph Podesta / Kane Seychell966RET2877RET2DSQDSQ374
9  GBR 17Royal Thames Youth AcademyChristopher Eames / Duncan Yeabsley / Duncan Hampshire / Ali Hinds611RET8101165751DSQ1080
10  NGR 13Lagos Yacht Club Jan Muysken / Jonas Pedersen / Laurence Mead10579664931111101180
11  USA 11USA 11Ed Lebens / Bram Brakman / Gordon Gurnell / Key Becker8105491010118775881

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